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Island Hall kitchens reopen with Sailing Club dinner

Island Hall kitchens reopen with Sailing Club dinner

Monday 15 November 2021

Island Hall kitchens reopen with Sailing Club dinner


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Fine dining is back on the menu at Alderney’s Island Hall after a group of potential users worked with the General Services Committee (GSC) to bring the kitchen facilities up to professional specifications.

The kitchens reopened in time for the Sailing Club’s laying-up dinner catered for by the Georgian House.

Age Concern’s Barbara Benfield, chef Jamie Chapman, impresario Ronnie Cairnduff and States Works’ Richard Phelan came up with proposals to modify the kitchen. Their solution hinged on the installation of electric induction hobs appropriate for the kitchen’s extractors.

GSC Chairman Boyd Kelly said: “I would like to thank Barbara, Jamie, Ronnie and Richard for gathering the views of Island Hall users and potential users and enabling it to now be a usable asset for the Island’s community.”

Alderney Georgian House staff at work in the Island Hall kitchen

Pictured: Georgian House staff at work in the Island Hall kitchen (picture credit Ilona Soane-Sands)

Jade Maguire, General Manager at the Georgian House, said: “With the new improvements, we were able to bring the standard of food expected from a Georgian event to the Island Hall. It’s great to have a more professional environment from which we can work as an off-site caterer, and we look forward to doing more here in the future.”

Alderney Sailing Club Commodore Hugh Harrison said the evening for 74 members and guests was a huge success. “Everything went smoothly and the Georgian’s catering team did a brilliant job using the new facilities.”

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